CCP Cruise Port Terminal
MADE Architecture 2013 - Competition Entry
If we are to look within ourselves to identify our own architecture, what we find are our 7,107 differences. But these differences will provide us the answer to what defines us.
The country's natural gateways are its islands. We want to give the same experience whenever one approaches an island, seeing land after traveling on sea. The proposed design uses the character of an island, its monumental presence, and its porous qualities.
Instead of an iconic symbol, the CCP Cruise Port Terminal must be a socio-cultural infrastructure, having an integrated architecture and urban landscape, reflecting design values such as shared environment, spatial freedom, material honesty, structure as form, and visual connection. It is a building where different spaces intertwine, blurring boundaries between commerce and culture, incorporating the environment as its context.
The structure serves as a shade which we inhabit. Filipinos dwell on where the shades are. They live on the shadows of architecture. On every dwelling on every island, the shade and shadow gives character to the architecture. The structure is oriented towards the sea where it belongs. When one arrives, the structure imposes itself, but when one departs, the sea reasserts it presence.
The CCP Cruise Port Terminal will be a structure by the sea and of the sea, an island.